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Tim Intravia on Auditioning for 'Boardwalk Empire'

Tim Intravia on Auditioning for 'Boardwalk Empire'
Careful what you wish for; you might make it happen. For a long time I've wanted to do a web series: write it, shoot it, and star in it. Well, amid cold nights and lack of work and in need of a break from wedding planning, I started writing one. About a month later I found myself completely absorbed in it. After sharing the script-it's called "Parker and Steve: A Bromcom"-with some friends, I realized I had something good. Before I knew it, 20 people were as excited about it as me, and by the time you read this, our first episode will have been cast, shot, and possibly even edited! We're still getting our ducks in a row and raising funds, but this fantasy is now a reality. I've always loved to write, but only recently have I begun to take it seriously. With this, I'm able to cast who I want, hire the director I want, and have complete control over the creative side. And even though I can't pay people what they're worth-or anything, for that matter-I've been on enough sets to know how to treat them and am confident this is a project of which they'll be proud. We're still casting and always interested in any fellow collaborators, so email us at, and check out our website at (I'm required to include one shameless plug per article.)

On another career note, I went in for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" for the sixth time, and while I go on enough calls that I can usually do the audition and then forget about it, I really wanted to be on this show. One thing I've learned is to use my experience in each audition room to my advantage for the next one.

For example, the "Boardwalk" audition room is small, and the acoustics aren't very actor-friendly. I know where the CD will sit, how high the camera will be, and that the bathroom key for the men's room is orange. I know before I get there how to simulate auditioning in that room. We don't have control of many audition factors, but knowing the room gives me a slight edge. It may be one small thing, but it can help a lot. I didn't get the job, but I find solace in the thought that every audition I don't book leads me that much closer to one that I will. The glass is half full. But why is it only half full? I want more water-or preferably beer.

Follow Tim on Twitter @timintravia.

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